Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Jifeng Liu

Assistant Professor

Research School for Southeast Asian Studies, Xiamen University

EDUCATION

9/2012-2/2017. PhD in Sociology and Religious Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands

9/2011-7/2012, Doctoral student in Sociology, Xiamen University, China

9/2007-7/2010. MA in Demographic Sociology, Xiamen University

9/2003-6/2007. BA in Social Work, Shandong Institute of Business and Technology, China

ACADEMIC POSTS

Assistant Professor, Research School for Southeast Asian Studies, Xiamen University (since 12/2017)

Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany (11/2016-11/2017)

TEACHING

Religion and Nationalism, Xiamen University, postgraduate, Spring 2019

Social Science Research Methods, Xiamen University, undergraduate, Spring 2018/2019

Introduction to Sociology, Xiamen University Tan Kah Kee College, undergraduate, Fall 2011

ACADEMIC VISITS

Visiting doctoral student, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), University of Copenhagen, Denmark (9/2015)

Visiting doctoral student, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, UK (hosted by Dr. Adam Yuet Chau, Easter term 2015)

RESEARCH PROJECTS

2018-21. PI: Ethnic and Cultural Identities of Chinese Christians in Southeast Asia in the Era of the Belt and Road Initiative. The National Social Science Fund of China (grant number: 18CZJ012)

2018-20. PI: Southeast Asian Chinese, Transnational Networks and Christianity in Contemporary Fujian. The Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (grant number: 20720181020)

PUBLICATIONS

Liu, Jifeng, and Chris White. “Old Pastor and local bureaucrats: recasting church-state relations in contemporary China.” Modern China (2019). Online first. DOI: 10.1177/0097700418816020

Liu, Jifeng, and Chris White. “Consuming missionary legacies in contemporary China: Eric Liddell and evolving interpretations of Chinese Christian history.” China Information 33, no.1 (2019): 46-65.

Liu, Jifeng. “The passing of glory: urban development, local politics and Christianity on Gulangyu.” In Protestantism in Xiamen: Then and Now, edited by Chris White, 77-101. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Liu, Jifeng. “Reconstructing missionary history in China today: cultural heritage, local politics and Christianity in Xiamen.” The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 18, no.1 (2017): 54-72.

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

2018. “Contesting production of Christian histories in contemporary China: discursive practices of state, church and individuals.” The 9th International Young Scholars’ Symposium on Christianity and Chinese Society and Culture. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 6-8 December

2018. “Ethnic and Cultural Identities of Chinese Christians in Southeast Asia in the Era of the Belt and Road Initiative: A Research Proposal.” Workshop on Society and Culture in Southeast Asia. Minzu University of China, Beijing, 27-28 October

2018. “Reflections on Southeast Asian Studies in Chinese scholarship.” Fragrant Hill conference on New Contexts and New Issues in the Research on Overseas Societies and Cultures. Minzu University of China, Beijing, 30-31 July

2018. “In the name of revolution: patriotism, overseas Chinese and the reshaping of a Buddhist temple in a Fujian qiaoxiang.” Paper presented at the conference on Crossing Boundaries and Engaging Communities in the Process of ASEAN-China Regional Interaction. Chongqing University, Chongqing, China, 28-29 July

2018. “Religious elites and government officials: revisiting church-state interaction in local Chinese society.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Chinese Sociological Association, Nanjing University. Nanjing, China, 16-17 July

2018. “Sacred revolution and secular religion: converting huaqiao housing property into patriotic education base in contemporary China.” Paper presented at the inaugural conference of the East Asian Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Singapore Management University. Singapore, 3-5 July

2018. “Converting huaqiao housing property into patriotic education base: reflections on overseas Chinese and religious affairs in a Fujian qiaoxiang.” Paper presented at the conference on Global Encounter: China and the World under the Perspective of Transnational Mobility, Minzu University of China. Beijing, 23-24 June

2018. “In the name of revolution: patriotism, overseas Chinese and the reshaping of a Buddhist temple in a Fujian qiaoxiang.” Paper presented at the workshop on Chinese Religions in the Age of Massive Urbanization, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Göttingen, Germany, 6-7 June

2018. “Rescuing religious studies from the qiaoxiang approach: transnational networks of the Chinese Christians in Southeast Asia.” Paper presented at the workshop on the Belt and Road Initiative and Religion, East China University of Science and Technology. Shanghai, 22 April

2017. “Global mission encounters local politics: Chinese American, transnational networks and Christianity in Fujian.” Paper presented at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, Nagasaki University. Nagasaki, Japan, 18-19 November

2017. “Harnessing historical memories of Western missionaries: regime legitimacy, pragmatic nationalism and Christianity in reform-era China.” Paper presented at the 33rd Oriental Studies conference, University of Jena. Jena, Germany, 18-22 September

2017. “Old Pastor and local bureaucrats: recasting church-state relations in contemporary China.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. Montreal, Canada, 13-14 August

2017. “Consuming historical memories of Western missionaries: local government and reconstruction of Christian history in contemporary China.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Chinese Sociological Association, Shanghai University. Shanghai, 16 July

2017. “Old Pastor and local bureaucrats: recasting church-state relations in contemporary China.” Paper presented at the Religious Diversity Colloquium organized by Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Göttingen, Germany, 24 January

2016. “Reconstructing missionary history in China today: cultural heritage, local politics and Christianity in Xiamen.” School of Law, Utrecht University. Utrecht, the Netherlands, 10 October (invited)

2015. “The glory passes: urban development, local politics and Christianity on Gulangyu Island, Xiamen.” French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC), Beijing Office, 23 November (invited)

2015. “Reconstructing missionary history in China today: cultural heritage, local politics and Christianity in Xiamen.” Paper presented at the Young Scholars’ Forum in Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong, 7-9 May

2015. “Recreating a historical figure: discursive reversal on Western missionaries in Xiamen today.” Paper presented at the conference on Religions and Politics in Contemporary Chinese Societies, Palacký University Olomouc. Olomouc, Czech Republic, 2-4 April

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

2017. Writing Workshop for the Social Scientific Study of Religion in China, organized by Purdue University Center on Religion and Chinese Society, Montreal, 2-14 August

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Research Partner, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany (since 12/2017)

Convener for Modern China Seminar Series “Dong Fieldwork in Contemporary China,” Leiden University (2015)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Association for the Sociology of Religion (since 2015)

SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS

Grants

2018-21. The National Social Science Fund of China (CNY 200,000)

2018-20. The Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (CNY 100,000)

2015. Field research grant, French Centre for Research on Contemporary China

2014. Field research grant, Modern East Asia Research Center, Leiden University

2013. Field research grant, Leiden University Fund

Scholarships

2015. NIAS SUPRA Nordic Scholarship, University of Copenhagen

2012. PhD Scholarship (4-year), China Scholarship Council

2011. PhD Scholarship (1-year, first class), Xiamen University

Awards

2010. Award for Outstanding Graduate, Xiamen University

2007. Award for Outstanding Graduate, Shandong Province

2007. Award for Outstanding Graduate, Shandong Institute of Business and Technology

LANGUAGES

Mandarin Chinese (native)

English (professional working proficiency)